Normally, when any Festival has fireworks, they are the most popular event and the highlight of the whole weekend. Youghal Spooktacular, however, has turned this notion on its head. From the first evening in Millennium Park where hoards of children ran excitedly from one Hogwarts Haunted Forest themed station to the hub of activity in Barry’s Lane, the guided haunted walks, to the arrival and departure of An Ban Uisce, the Festival was bubbling over with highlights from beginning to end.
Blessed (or magically bestowed) with dry, if not cold weather, the Festival had great turnouts at all events over the weekend. It was evident that many visitors from surrounding communities came to Youghal to enjoy the Festival and local families got up and out to support the town and enjoy all the spooky treats and activities on offer.
Huge congratulations and well done to the Youghal4All committee for organising a well- thought out Festival for all to enjoy. Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Helen Heaphy Grange (committee member of Youghal4All) said, “The committee said they are absolutely thrilled with the success of Spooktacular again this year. Footfall at each event over the weekend far exceeded expectations. We were also delighted to host the first event at Millennium Park, which we feel really set the tone for the entire Festival. The weekend was hectic, busy and a lot of hard work but it paid’’ dividends to see the people, especially the children, enjoy the various activities in such large numbers. We’d like to thank them for attending and taking part in the Spooktacular experience which has really showcased Youghal and the community ‘spirit’. We would also like to thank our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event such a success”.
(And the Fireworks were pretty spectacular also!!)